Shree Mahalakshmi Devasthana or (Sri) Shri Mahalakshmi Temple is at Uchila in the Udupi district. Read on to know about the temple’s architecture and legends.
For fishermen in the coastal region around Udupi and Mangaluru, the Shree Mahalakshmi Temple at Uchila is one of the most important places of worship.
Dedicated to the Goddess Mahalaxmi, the idol housed in this temple is believed to be the third most revered Mahalaxmi idol after those in Kolhapur and Mumbai. The temple has been recently renovated.
Sri Mahalakshmi Temple – Quick Facts
- Deity: Goddess Mahalakshmi
- Best Time To Visit: October during the Dasara
- Entry Fee: Free
- Timing: 6 am–2:30 pm, 4 pm –8 pm
- Address: Edapally – Panvel Hwy, Uchilakere, Karnataka 574117 (MAP)
Uchila Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Architecture
The original construction of the temple dates back to 1957. It was constructed to facilitate Mogaveeras and is considered an excellent example of Tulunad Architecture. Tulunad Architecture is a blend of styles from northern Kerala and southern Karnataka.
It is characterized by sloping roofs in response to the heavy monsoons, employment of laterite stone and a flagpole at the entrance.
The temple complex is built over 6 acres of land with a temple Kere or lake in the northeast corner. The outer complex of the temple houses the Vasantha Mandapam in the southeast and a Dwajasthama in front of the main entrance.
The temple’s Sanctum Sanctorum features traditional stone walls covered with a copper sheet. It has two enclosures. The idol of Goddess Mahalaxmi is placed within the inner section while the larger, outer section is used for performing poojas.
As one enters the inner temple complex, a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali stands on the left. A temple dedicated to Shree Prasanna Ganapathi stands at the southwest corner. The art within the temple is reminiscent of the art seen in Belur and Halebeedu.
Worship At The Shree Mahalakshmi Temple, Uchila
Apart from its architectural beauty, the temple is also known for its unique puja procedures. Like the temple of Lord Krishna of Udupi, this temple too sees puja services from morning to evening.
In all, there are 16 services conducted daily. The Navratri season is special here with the idol being decorated, especially every day. A grand annual car festival is also held annually during the Suggi period.
How To Reach Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Uchila
The Sri Mahalakshmi Temple is located just off NH66. It is a 23 minute-drive from Udupi and a 55-minute drive from Mangaluru.
The closest railway station is at Padubidri. The temple is 2.7km from this railway station. Public transport is easily available.
The closest airport is Mangalore airport. The 37km distance can be covered by car or public transport.